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Ahmed Kathrada lowered to final resting place

The struggle stalwart died Tuesday in Johannesburg at the age of 87.

Ahmed Kathrada's final resting place at the Westpark Cemetery. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Ahmed Kathrada has been lowered into his final resting place - having lived a life dedicated to the fight for freedom.

The struggle stalwart died Tuesday in Johannesburg at the age of 87.

Earlier at his funeral service Kgalema Mothlante was given a standing ovation when he quoted Uncle Kathy's letter to President Jacob Zuma asking him to resign.

Zuma is not attending Wednesday’s proceedings, he released a statement earlier saying he would honour the wishes of the Kathrada family.

WATCH: The moment Motlanthe quoted Kathrada’s letter calling on Zuma to resign

Earlier, Anglican Church Archbishop Thabo Makgoba prayed for South Africans to carry the same goodness and selflessness as struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former President Thabo Mbeki, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and freedom fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela joined other dignitaries in paying their last respects.

A coffin flanked with the African National Congress (ANC) flag sat at the front of the marquee.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)